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In Andersson’s world, the people who take themselves most seriously are nearly always the most ridiculous.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: I hate to be a party pooper, dropping critical waste from a great height like a pigeon desecrating a freshly dry-cleaned raincoat, but the Swedish nabob of surreal cinema Roy Andersson’s latest, the third part in a trilogy,...
Director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge, who did such a great job adapting Trainspotting to the screen, have fumbled with this version of Alex Garland's novel. Making Richard an American is ok I suppose, but giving him two sexual relationships...
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: As he did so masterfully with The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 – which shed fresh light on the Black Panther Party that emerged amidst the counter-culture of the 1960s – so Göran Hugo Olsson works similar material from...
Scandinavian Fargo falls short of inspiration.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: If recent trends in crime fiction have taught us anything, it’s that, contrary to its benign, rather staid reputation, Scandinavia is in fact a cesspool of brutal and amoral criminality. (It seems the sole prerequisite,...
Marriage turns cold in superb avalanche drama.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: ‘See it with someone you ****’, read the tagline on the poster of Steven Soderbergh’s underrated The Girlfriend Experience—and for some reason that phrase came to mind as I watched this, the fourth feature from Swedish...
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